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Origin of the name TAHARKA.
Etymology of the name TAHARKA.
Meaning of the baby name TAHARKA.


TAHARKA.  A king of Egypt of the XXVth dynasty.  He succeeded Shabaka I., whose sister he married, and at the request of Hezekiah, king of Judah, invaded Palestine to repulse Sennacherib, king of Assyria.  The news of his arrival caused that monarch to withdraw from Judea, whereupon a few years later Taharka incited Bahal, king of Tyre, also to revolt against Esarhaddon, the son and successor of Sennacherib, B.C. 672.  The two kings were, however, defeated by the Assyrians, and in the twenty-third year of the reign of Taharka, Esarhaddon invaded and conquered all Egypt, parcelling the country out into an Icosarchy of twenty kings, and annexing it to Assyria.  On Esarhaddon falling ill the king of Egypt again raised an army, and re-conquered Upper and Lower Egypt as far as Memphis.  A second time he was defeated by Assurbanipal, who now reigned as joint king with his father Esarhaddon.  On the Assyrians quitting the kingdom, the Egyptians for a third time rose in insurrection under Taharka, but he was at last finally subdued by Assurbanipal selecting one of the minor kings of Egypt, Necho of Memphis, to govern the country as his viceroy.  Upon the approach of Necho with the Assyrian army, Taharka retired to Napata, the capital of Nubia, where he died after a reign of twenty-six years, leaving the throne of Ethiopia to Rut-amen the son of Shabaka.  Taharka repaired several temples, and built the colonnade which precedes the Hypostyle Hall of Columns at Karnak. (An Archaic Dictionary, Cooper, 1876).


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